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NISS Holds Second Train-The-Trainers Workshop On Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies In Sokoto

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Abdulfatai Abdulsalami Sokoto

Agricultural extension workers and farmers from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states have adopted Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies as a way of mitigating the effects of climate change.

This is the highlight of a Train-the-trainers workshop organized by the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science, NISS, Northwest Zonal Office, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, UDUS, on Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies.

The workshop, the fifth training and second on climate smart Agriculture was held at the Sokoto Agricultural Development Project, SADP, conference room.

In his welcome address, the Programme Manager, SADP, Comrade Abubakar S. Malami, emphasized on the need to accord Agriculture extension workers and farmers required training to successfully carry out their schedules.

Dr Garba Aliyu Abubakar, in his presentation, ‘Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture and Food Security,’ dwell extensively on the main causes of climate change; how agriculture contribute to climate change and the effects of climate change on food security.

On his part, Professor Abubakar Umar Dikko, listed various methods of sustainable water management  in agriculture using climate smart Agricultural Technologies, in his presentation titled, ‘Climate Change Adaptation Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Water Management.

Professor Dikko of the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, UDUS, who chaired the program also highlighted farming methods adaptation to climate change through crop and soil management.

NISS Northwest Zonal coordinator, Professor Samaila Sani Noma, harped on climate smart Agricultural Technologies that could help minimize the impact of land degradation and increase agricultural productivity.

He lamented that climate change has made it almost impossible to predict onset of rainfall; led to incessant flooding among several effects of climate change in his paper presentation, ‘Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies Suitable for Northwestern Nigeria.’

Professor Noma however, set the tone for the use of improved planting pits; Tie-ridging; Stone bunding; Half moon; Contour ridging and Grass strips,  as indigenous technologies capable of mitigating the effects of climate change.

The workshop climaxed with general discussion and presentation of certificates to participants.

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